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Junior Naturalist Summer Camp

June 22nd - 25th, 2017

Ages 9-12. Four-day camp with two day sessions at the Wynn Nature Center and two overnights at the Peterson Bay Field Station. Explore the diverse habitats and wildlife of the forests and beaches around Kachemak Bay. Activities include animal tracking & game cams, forest hikes, tidepooling, outdoor fun and adventure! Cost: $300 per person. PERFECT for a first time camper!  Use the button at the top to register your camper online!


Marine Mammal Mysteries

August 7th - 11th, 2017

Ages 9-15. This camp is for kids who are curious about the ins and outs of marine mammals. Campers will spend 4 nights and 5 days at the Peterson Bay Field Station learning about marine mammals, being wildlife detectives and articulating (or putting together) a mystery skeleton with "Mr. Bones", Lee Post! Includes a wildlife boat tour on Kachemak Bay to view marine mammals. Cost: $500 per person. Use the button above to register your camper online!

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Teen EcoAdventure Camp

July 17th - 26th, 2017

Ages 12-15. This 10 day outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship camp explores the changing environment and how this connects to a most basic and delicious part of our lives - food! Activities include backcountry & yurt camping, hiking to a glacier and alpine ridge, berry picking (eating!) and preserving, learning about salmon fishing & smoking salmon, exploring edible plants, kayaking, campfire cooking & gourmet s'mores, oceanography tour of Kachemak Bay, a visit to an Oyster Farm, and getting in the kitchen and garden with local chefs and farmers! Includes 4 overnights at the yurts of the Peterson Bay Field Station, 1 night campout at Portage Glacier, and 3-day backpacking trip around Jakolof & Tutka Bay.

Cost: $850 per person. Price includes ALL transportation (RT to Peterson Bay, on-board oceanography cruise & RT to Jakolof Bay, food and lodging).  Use the button above to register your camper online!


Family Nature Camps

July 14th - 16th

August 18th - 20th

Fun and adventure for the family. CACS Family Nature Camps are a great opportunity for families to be together and get outside in an amazing Kachemak Bay setting. Activities include: tidepooling, hiking, camfire songs, wildlife watching plus games and hands-on activities for all ages. Families sleep in yurts. Costs inlcude boat transportation, meals and program. Kayaking is available at an additional cost. For more information please contact us at (907) 235-6667!

Cost: $450 includes 2 adults & 1 child, $370 includes 1 adult & 1 child (each additional family member is $80). Price includes ALL transportation, meals, lodging and program costs for the entire weekend! Kayaking is optional and an additional $100 per person.  Use the camp registration button to register your family online for camp!

 2017 summer day camp

Summer Day Camp

Spend the summer outside!

Weekly day camp for 6-11 year olds

9:00am - 4:00pm Monday -Thursday*

*After Hours Care is available from 4:00 - 5:00pm each day of camp for $10/day

* Art & Nature Week (July 3-7) no camp on Tuesday July 4th

10 weeks, beginning June 12th - August 18th

New themes each week.  $200/week of camp/$180 sibling rate.  Discounts for multiple weeks of camp ($180 for each additional week/$160 Sibling Rate), and being a CACS member ($20 off initial registration)!  $1700/child for the entire 10 week session 1st child, $1500 Sibling.

Fun-filled days OUTDOORS: games, art, exploration from the forest of the Wynn Nature Center to the beaches on the Homer Spit!

Drop-Off and Pick-Up each day at our Headquarters in the heart of Homer, transportation provided from there to activities.

Use our easy on-line registration to sign up your child for summer camp.  Click below and you will be asked to set up an account for your family.  You can register each child separately for any or all of our camps.  Easy on-line payment using eCheck (no fees) or credit card (2.5% processing fee charged) or bring cash or check to our office.

Cancellation Policy for ALL Camps:  Cancellations made 30 days or more prior to the camp start receive a full refund MINUS a $50 processing fee.  Cancellations 15 - 30 days prior: 50% refund MINUS a $50 processing fee.  Cancellations made 14 days or less prior: no refund.


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Wynn Nature Center Drop-In Options!

Knee high Naturalists prepare to go in search of snowshoe hares at Wynn

Knee-high Naturalist Program

Ages 2-4. Fridays: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. A preschool story hour that includes a story, short hike and craft activity. Parents welcome.$2 donation requested (Members free!). Starting June 16th- end of August

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Ages 5-8. Fridays 1-3 p.m. Get a sneak peak of the secret lives of the plants, birds and animals that live at the Wynn Nature Center. Please dress for the weather!

Drop-ins are welcome. $10/class or $40 for 5 sessions Starting June 16th-August 18th.

Yurt on the Spit Summer Drop-In Options!


Creatures of the Dock

All Ages! 1:30pm and 4:30pm daily. Perfect for families or people who have a short amount of time but want to see lots of sea creatures! This daily program is fun for the whole family. Guided tours of the incredible life under the dock at the Homer Harbor. 1 hour tours leave from the CACS yurt on the Spit., June- August. $7 per person.

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S.P.I.T. Kids

Ages 6-10. Monday - Wednesday - Friday. 9:30am - 12:00pm. Enjoy a S.neak P.eek I.nto T.hings as you explore sea creatures under the dock, search for seabirds and marine mammals, investigate the beach, learn about plants, do ocean crafts and MORE! $10 per day or $40 for 5 sessions.

Program begins June 12 and goes until August 18. All participants need a permission form.

Peterson Bay Field Station Discounts


Children's Rates on Nature Tours and Hikes

Trips to across the bay to Peterson Bay Field Station only $90 for kids under 12.

Special Group Programs for Adults & Youth


Alaska Coastal Ecology Field Camps

Ecology field camps for college, high school or other organized youth groups can be arranged during the summer. Program length ranges from two to six days with guided activities and lodging at Peterson Bay Field Station combined with guided activities at Wynn Nature Center or Kastisna Bay Lab. More info >>


Service Learning Expeditions

Service Learning Expeditions can be arranged from June - August. Groups learn about natural history and stewardship through service projects. Projects can include trail work, building projects, invasive plant management, facilities beautification, and more. Call 907-235-6667 to arrange.

Retreats & Workshops

Group retreats can be arranged at the Peterson Bay Field Station. Enjoy a semi-remote, rustic setting to connect your group to the amazing natural surroundings and to each other. Call 907-235-6667 to arrange

Youth Internships


High School Internships

CACS offers a volunteer internship program for high school students who wish to gain more experience working in the fields of environmental education and environmental science. The internship combines working at the Carl Wynn Nature Center and the Homer Spit Yurt assisting with our popular Creature of the Dock Tours. Interns are also trained to be camp counselors for our summer camps for youth ages 9-15. Interns are encouraged to work on a special project of interest during their 6 week internship. Applicants must have completed one year of high school. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll send you an applications!! Thanks


Environmental Educator and Naturalist Internships

Paid internships for students completing junior or senior year of college, or recently graduated. Positions available at Wynn Nature Center and Peterson Bay Field Station. April to May and June-August. Applications due January 6. Check for position openings here.

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